Kit Harington has vowed to retire his Game Of Thrones character Jon Snow when the series ends next year, insisting he won’t be part of any spin-offs. He has portrayed Snow since the cult fantasy show began in 2011, and with just six episodes still to air, he admits he’s had enough of the character. “I think there’s going to be spin-offs, but I’m not going to be involved in any of it,” he tells GQ Italia. “The great thing about Thrones for (cable network bosses at) HBO is that you can sell it in a totally different way. You could set it 300 years earlier and save a load of money because we (the cast) are very expensive now.” The final season of Game of Thrones will air in early 2019.
Since the inception of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, Jennifer Lopez has used her platform to champion the bravery of other women. "We are really coming out of the shadows and saying how we feel," she told The Hollywood Reporter in February. "[It's about] knowing our worth and our value and making the opposite sex aware of our worth and our value." Now Lopez is opening up about her own experience with exploitation in the entertainment business. "I haven't been abused in the way some women have," she says in her April cover story of Harper's Bazaar, "but have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have. But did I do it? No, I did not." Remarking on her vulnerability as an actress worried about booking future jobs, she adds, "When I did speak up, I was terrified. I remember my heart beating out of my chest, thinking, 'What did I do? This man is hiring me!'" Ultimately, Jen credits her upbringing for the courage to say no. "In my mind I knew the behavior wasn't right," she says. "It could have gone either way for me. But I think ultimately the Bronx in me was like, 'Nah, we're not having it.'"
Days after the Church of Scientology announced it was starting its own television network, A&E renewed a series dedicated to taking down the controversial religious group. The cabler has greenlit “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” season 3. The series, in which Leah (a former Scientologist) says she wants to expose the religion’s alleged mistreatment of its members, won a 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
Disney said it has created a new unit for its streaming video and international businesses as the company retools its traditional media operation for a world rapidly embracing online video. Kevin Mayer, the company's chief strategy officer, was named chairman of the new division, which will oversee the upcoming ESPN+ digital offering and the launch of a family-oriented streaming service in late 2019, Disney said. The new Disney streaming service will put the firm in direct competition with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and others. The move, effective immediately, comes as Disney is in the process of purchasing film, TV and international businesses from Twenty-First Century Fox. Regulators are reviewing the deal, which has been complicated by Comcast's offer for one of the assets, Britain's Sky Plc.
Jeopardy contestants are usually more than happy to share their quirkiest anecdotes and strangest hobbies when Alex Trebek introduces them to the audience. But Paris Themmen kept his incredible back story under wraps, only to be recognized by some Willy Wonka fans. Themmen, 58, played Mike Teavee in the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” In the movie Mike Teavee, a child obsessed with TV and Western films, ultimately shrinks himself so he can fit inside a television screen. And on Wednesday, Themmen made his character's dream come true when he appeared on an episode of Jeopardy! But the former child actor kept quiet mum about his former career, instead telling Trebek he was an entrepreneur and backpacker from North Hollywood, California. Themmen talked about his travels during the introduction portion of the show, revealing he had been to 61 countries and six continents. “Pretty darn proud that I recognized @ParisThemmen on @Jeopardy tonight before Alex even did the intros,” tweeted Elizabeth Nervegna. “You go, Mike Teevee!!” “I recognized you pretty quickly. Willy Wonka is my favorite movie! So cool to see you on Jeopardy,” Brandy Ostrander tweeted to Themmen after the show. Themmen started off strongly on the episode, winning a Daily Double in the Ben-Hur category in the first round that put him in the lead with $8,000. But he missed a second Daily Double in the second round, losing $5,000 and placing him at the bottom. Themmen managed to nab second place with $6,800 after getting the Final Jeopardy! question correct, but lost out to returning champion Zach Dark.
Stephen Hawking died Wednesday after complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. He was 76.
The world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist was best known for his work on black holes. Hawking theorized that, contrary to the prevailing scientific belief that black holes were inescapable for all forms of matter and energy, they actually emitted a form of radiation ? now known as Hawking radiation. He also played a key role in the mathematical effort to unify Einstein’s general theory of relativity with the emergent field of quantum physics.
Hawking used his position as one of the world’s most famous scientists as a platform to discuss a wide range of issues, from the existence of extraterrestrial life to the nature of philosophy. He skyrocketed to public prominence in 1988, when he published his first general-audience book, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. The cosmology treatise has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling science books of all time.
In 1963, when he was just 21 years old, Hawking was famously diagnosed with the debilitating motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Though 80 percent of those with ALS die within five years of diagnosis, and Hawking’s own doctors gave him roughly two years to live, he survived for decades, perhaps longer than any other patient with the disease in medical history. Hawking used a wheelchair to move around and a sophisticated computer system to speak for much of his time as a public figure.
The physicist’s inspiring ? and turbulent ? personal story was dramatized in the 2014 movie “The Theory of Everything,” which was based on a memoir by Hawking’s first wife, Jane Wilde. Actor Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Hawking in the film won him an Oscar for best actor.
Hawking was born on Jan. 8, 1942 ? the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death ? in Oxford, England, to Frank, a physician specializing in tropical disease, and Isobel, a medical secretary. He and his three younger siblings grew up mostly in the town of St. Albans, just north of London, in what has been described as a highly intellectually-engaged home.
At the St. Albans School, Hawking was an indifferent student, preferring to spend his time playing board games and tinkering with computers. But he nonetheless gained admittance to his father’s alma mater, University College at Oxford University, in 1959, at the age of 17.
Upon arriving at Oxford, Hawking toyed with the idea of studying either math or medicine before eventually settling on physics. His attitude toward academic work remained lackadaisical in college. He rarely attended lectures and has said that he spent only 1,000 hours on studies during his three years at Oxford, or just an hour a day.
Still, Hawking’s natural brilliance started to shine through as an undergraduate ? and he apparently felt that his tutors resented him for doing so well with so little work. When he submitted his final thesis, it was given a grade on the border between first-class honors and second-class honors, so Hawking had to face an oral exam that would determine his grade. Knowing his reputation, he reportedly told his examiners, “If you award me a First, I will go to Cambridge. If I receive a Second, I shall stay in Oxford, so I expect you will give me a First.”
He got a First. And, as promised, Hawking enrolled in graduate school at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1962, studying under the physicist Dennis Sciama and the famed astronomer Fred Hoyle. He became interested in the then-nascent study of black holes and singularities, the existence of which had been implied by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
Stephen Hawking in Chicago on Dec. 15, 1986. After Hawking lost his voice to pneumonia the prior year, computer scientist Walter Woltosz gave him a device that helped him vocalize words that he typed.
While studying at Cambridge, Hawking met Wilde, a fellow St. Albans native who was a student in modern languages at Westfield College in London at the time. Before the two started dating, Hawking collapsed while ice skating and couldn’t get up. His mother made him go to the doctor, who diagnosed him with ALS and estimated he had just over two years to live.
Years later, during a symposium at Cambridge on his 70th birthday, Hawking reflected on how much he struggled to stay motivated after his diagnosis. Why work so hard for a Ph.D. when you could be dead in two years?
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.
Stephen Hawking, as he celebrated his 70th birthday
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet,” he said. “Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
Hawking’s motor control deteriorated rapidly; he was soon walking to class on crutches. Yet the disease spurred him to deepen his relationship with Wilde quickly. They married in 1965.
After receiving his doctorate in cosmology, Hawking stayed at Cambridge to continue studying some of the most essential questions about the structure of the universe. In 1968, a year after Jane gave birth their eldest son, Roger, Hawking took a post at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge and began the mature phase of his academic career.
Over the next decade, Hawking published a string of groundbreaking papers on cosmology and theoretical physics that made him a celebrity in the scientific community.
He and English mathematician Roger Penrose wrote key papers in the late 1960s that related the Big Bang ? the event that created the universe ? and black holes, proving that both were the result of singularities in the fabric of space-time. In the early 1970s, Hawking and several other physicists co-wrote a proof of the hypothesis that all black holes can be described in terms of just their mass, angular momentum and electric charge.
It was in 1974 that Hawking proposed what is widely considered his most significant theory: that black holes can emit subatomic particles, now known as Hawking radiation. Prior to his paper, physicists had been sure that nothing could escape the crushing gravity of a black hole. The existence of Hawking radiation also implies that black holes can eventually wither away and die, something that had previously been inconceivable to scientists.
Soon after publishing his paper, Hawking, just 32 years old, was named a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society. He briefly taught at the California Institute of Technology before assuming the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, a post dating back more than 400 years that was once held by Isaac Newton.
Though Hawking’s family life flourished during this time ? he and Jane Hawking went on to have two more children ? his health did not. He reluctantly started using a wheelchair in 1969, and by the mid-70s, he could no longer feed or clothe himself.
In 1985, Hawking contracted pneumonia while on a trip to Switzerland. Doctors performed a tracheotomy that allowed him to breathe but rendered him unable to speak naturally. At first, he communicated using word cards, which was agonizingly slow. But in 1986, computer scientist Walter Woltosz gave him a device that would vocalize words he typed using a joystick. Hawking called this system, which has since been upgraded several times, “The Computer.” Its electronic voice was an integral part of the physicist’s public image.
Hawking first came up with the idea of writing a book about cosmology for a general audience in 1982. He said he conceived of the project to “earn money to pay [his] daughter’s school fees.” The first draft of A Brief History of Time was finished in 1984, but Hawking’s publisher felt it was too difficult for laypeople to understand, so he went back to work. The revision process became more complicated after Hawking lost his voice in 1985, but he managed to publish the book in 1988.
It was a massive hit: The book was on The New York Times’ best-seller list for three years and The Sunday Times’ U.K. best-seller list for nearly five. Its publication propelled Hawking to international fame that’s endured to this day. He published five additional general-audience books on science, plus one memoir and four children’s books. He also guest-starred on both “The Simpsons” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Stephen and Jane Hawking separated after several years of tension in 1990, which Jane said was exacerbated by her husband’s newfound “fame and fortune.” The physicist began a relationship with Elaine Mason, one of his nurses. After his divorce from Jane Hawking, he married Mason in 1995.
Hawking and his ex-wife did not speak for several years, but they started communicating again after he and Mason got divorced in 2007. Stephen and Jane Hawking later began living around the corner from one another in Cambridge.
In 2011, Hawking appeared on the Discovery Channel TV series “Curiosity,” in which he reflected on the origins of the universe and rejected the likelihood of both a God and an afterlife. (He once dismissed the latter as “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”) Only in confronting the finite nature of death, he said, do we appreciate the remarkable beauty of life in the present.
“There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either,” Hawking said. “We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”
In addition to his two former wives, Hawking is survived by three children and three grandchildren.
Joy Behar took time on "The View" on Tuesday to apologize for controversial comments she made about Vice President Pence's Christian faith on "The View" last month.
The apology came after Pence's appearance on Monday night's episode of "Hannity," during which he revealed that Behar had called him to personally apologize for the remarks.
"You and I know that criticism comes with public life, but I felt that it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander," Pence told Sean Hannity. "I give Joy Behar a lot of credit: She picked up the phone, she called me, she was very sincere and she apologized."
"One of the things my faith teaches me is grace -- to forgive as you've been forgiven," he continued. "I said to Joy, 'Of course I'll forgive ya.' That's part of my faith experience, but I did encourage her -- and I'm still encouraging her -- to use the forum of that program or some other public forum to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended."
That portion of Pence's interview on "Hannity" was aired on "The View" on Tuesday before Behar appeared on camera to publicly apologize for her divisive words.
"So I think Vice President Pence is right," Behar said on Tuesday. "I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith, and I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said."
The initial comments that she made came during a February discussion of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who called Pence "scary" and "extreme" during her time on "Celebrity Big Brother."
"It's one thing to talk to Jesus," Behar said of Pence's religious views. "It's another thing when Jesus talks to you. That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct -- hearing voices."
CBS News reports that Disney CEO Bob Iger had initially revealed that Behar had apologized to Pence during an investor meeting.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning to sue oil companies, alleging they are "knowingly killing people all over the world." Schwarzenegger said during an interview with Politico's "Off Message" podcast that he is still working on the timing for his push, but he is now speaking with private law firms. "This is no different from the smoking issue. The tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it. Then eventually they were taken to court and had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars because of that,” Schwarzenegger. “The oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it that it would be risky for people’s lives, that it would kill.” Schwarzenegger accused oil companies of being irresponsible and vowed to go after them. "It’s absolutely irresponsible to know that your product is killing people and not have a warning label on it, like tobacco,” he said. “Every gas station on it, every car should have a warning label on it, every product that has fossil fuels should have a warning label on it.” He said he hopes to spread awareness about the harmful effects of fossil fuels.
Cameron Diaz has reportedly retired from acting to focus on family life with her musician husband Benji Madden. According to her pal Selma Blair, the actress has said she is done with the film industry and has no plans to return the big screen. Speaking at the Oscar's Vanity Fair pre-party in LA last week, Selma, who stars in the 2002 movie The Sweetest Thing with Diaz, said: “I had lunch with Cameron the other day, we were reminiscing about the film. I would have liked to do a sequel but Cameron's retired from acting, she's like ‘I'm done.’ I mean, she doesn't need to make any more films, she has a pretty great life, I don't know what it would take to bring her back.” Cameron has been on a hiatus since the release of Annie back in 2014, where she starred as Miss Hannigan.
Michael Caine, an Oscar winner for his role in Woody Allen's 1986 film "Hannah and Her Sisters," has become the latest star to denounce the controversial director.
The English actor, 84, told The Guardian on Sunday that he won't work with the director again.
"I am so stunned," Caine responded when asked about the recently resurfaced molestation allegation against Allen by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
"I’m a patron of [The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children] and have very strong views about pedophilia," he continued. "I can’t come to terms with it, because I loved Woody and had a wonderful time with him. I even introduced him to [Allen's former partner] Mia [Farrow]."
Added Caine, "I don’t regret working with him, which I did in complete innocence; but I wouldn’t work with him again."
PHOTO: Mia Farrow and Michael Caine in 'Hannah and her Sisters,' 1986. (Orion Pictures Corporatio)
Stars who have spoken out about working with Woody Allen
Dylan Farrow accuses Woody Allen of sexual abuse in TV interview
Allen has consistently denied the abuse allegation, including after his split from Farrow, Dylan's mother, when she first accused Allen of molesting Dylan. Allen has said that Dylan was coached by Farrow to say he abused her.
In his most recent statement issued after Dylan gave her first TV interview about the allegation, Allen accused the Farrow family of "cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation." He stated plainly: "I never molested my daughter."
“When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare. They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother [actress Mia Farrow] during a contentious breakup," Allen said in a statement to ABC News. "Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that -- relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked -- and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says."
Caine joins a growing number of stars who have distanced themselves from the filmmaker. They include Colin Firth, Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino and Timothée Chalamet.
NEW YORK ? We’ve seen a lot of variations of Jack Pearson on “This Is Us,” spanning several years ? from his younger, clean-shaven days to his full-bearded look.
But in next week’s Season 2 finale, viewers will get the chance to see Milo Ventimiglia playing a much older version of Jack ? gray hair and all. The episode will show what Jack would have looked like many years later if he hadn’t died from cardiac arrest after saving his family, their dog and their keepsakes from a house fire. Essentially, it’s a present-day Jack at what appears to be the wedding of his daughter Kate (Chrissy Metz).
“I think that’s a version of Jack that everybody would have liked to have seen and they are excited to see. For me, selfishly it gives me another opportunity to work with actors on the show that I may not be able to work with because of Jack’s early passing,” said Ventimiglia, who sat down with HuffPost Thursday at the New York City Fire Department Engine 8 to discuss the importance of changing batteries in smoke detectors as part of a partnership with Duracell.
So what would Jack have been like if he did live into his 70s?
“I think he’d be much like the younger Jack. I think he’d be happy to be around his kids, happy to be around his wife,” Ventimiglia said. “He’d probably be building homes somewhere.”
To get the look, Ventimiglia had to sit in the makeup chair for a while.
“It took about three hours to put on and about an hour to take off. But it’s amazing how it transforms how I feel, how I move, how I talk. It’s an amazing feeling ? all of a sudden, you’re in your 70s,” he said.
On a daily basis, stepping into the role of Jack Pearson, though, comes relatively easy for Ventimiglia. He says it’s especially natural acting alongside Mandy Moore, who plays Jack’s wife, Rebecca Pearson, on the NBC series.
“There’s not a lot of imagination needed. I put on the clothes. I put on the hair and makeup — I have a mustache or a beard,” he said. “I look into Mandy Moore’s eyes and I’m Jack.”
Moore recently told HuffPost she’s watched nearly every “This Is Us” episode with Ventimiglia. It’s become a “tradition,” Ventimiglia said, especially because the completed episodes air months after the actual filming.
“I think we watch them because we want to see the work of our co-stars and our crew but also I think we’ve grown to enjoy the time after the fact,” he said. “We get a chance to watch it together and talk about it together right in the moment of seeing it. It’s kind of like watching it with your family.”
And yes, Ventimiglia cries while watching the show, too.
“For me, the episodes about the kids and about Rebecca, those are the ones that affect me the most. The ones about Jack — less so because I’m in his shoes,” he said, adding, “I’m much more emotional than Jack Pearson is.”
The episode in which Jack’s cause of death is revealed was particularly heart-wrenching for viewers. Ventimiglia, for one, is glad that it finally aired and that people now know how his character died.
“For months and months and months — every day ? and me in particular ? getting asked the question, ‘How does this man die?’ To finally have it revealed to the audience was a pretty big relief,” he said. “Of course there are more secrets within the show that I have to hold back now. It transfers from one secret to the next creatively.”
The series has much more to uncover about Jack’s backstory. With that and all of the show’s success, Ventimiglia says he feels a responsibility to the show and the fans.
“I think probably just being out in the world and knowing the impact the character has made on people,” he said, “and trying to be respectful of that and lean into that and embrace where people are responding to the positive message of the show. And trying to respond ... to that positivity.”
The Season 2 finale of “This Is Us” airs Tuesday, March 13, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
More bad news for the Spelling-McDermott family. Just one week after cops were first called to Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's home in Woodland Hills, CA for a "domestic incident," the family attempted to go back to normal with a dinner outing to the Black Bear Diner in Encino, CA on Friday, March 9 — but it seemed like the meal was cut short after they were escorted out of the restaurant by police.
Tori accompanied her family — she shares 10-year-old son Liam, nine-year-old daughter Stella, six-year-old daughter Hattie, five-year-old son Finn, and 1-year-old son Beau with Dean, her husband of 12 years — to the restaurant in Tarzana, CA, according to Us Weekly. But at one point during their family dinner, LAPD showed up to the restaurant and could be seen speaking with Dean while he spoke to someone else on the phone.
The police also watched as Tori and Dean seemed to have a serious conversation, and later, the officers escorted the entire family out of the restaurant. It's unclear why the police were called to Black Bear Diner or why the family had to be escorted from the establishment.
This marks Tori's third run-in with the law in the span of about a week. On Wednesday, March 8, Dean called the cops to check up on Tori because he was worried about her after she left the family's home, TMZ reported. Officers from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office showed up to surround a doctor's office building in Thousand Oaks, CA at around 9:45 a.m. while Tori was allegedly inside. Dean could be seen standing outside, holding the couple's youngest son Beau. Once law enforcement determined that Tori and Beau were okay, they left.
Cops were first called to Tori and Dean's home on Thursday, March 1 after she was "being very aggressive" and had allegedly suffered a nervous breakdown.
Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday night.
The 50-year-old country singer had just concluded singing his single "Humble & Kind" at the Country to Country festival when he unexpectedly dropped to his knees before sitting down, Rolling Stone reports.
The concert was halted as McGraw received medical attention backstage. ET has reached out to a representative for McGraw.
His wife, country singer Faith Hill, addressed the audience alongside the members of McGraw's band, and explained that the musician has been "super dehydrated," and that his performance could not continue.
"I apologize, but I made the decision that he cannot come back out onstage," Hill said in a video from an attendee on Instagram.
Variety reports that a movie prequel to HBO's The Sopranos is currently in development. The screenplay will be co-written by David Chase, who created the series. It's tentatively titled The Many Saints of Newark, a reference to the Newark, NJ riots of the 1960s, when tension between that city's African-American and Italian communities reached a boiling point. It's not known if the prequel will feature younger versions of the Sopranos characters who appeared on the Emmy-winning TV series, which ran from 1999-2007.
Jon Favreau has been tapped to executive produce and write a new, live-action Star Wars series for Disney's new direct-to-consumer streaming service. Favreau is already part of the Star Wars universe, having voiced a character in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and a character in the upcoming big screen adventure Solo: A Star Wars Story. In a statement, Favreau said, "If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you. I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.” Favreau is currently working on a live-action remake of The Lion King, due next year. The new Star Wars series doesn't have a release date yet. The streaming service is expected to launch in late 2019.
The 86-year old composer who recently received his 51st Oscar-nomination for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” admitted in a recent KUSC radio interview that after J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX,” he’s finished with writing music for “Star Wars” movies. “We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now for next year that I will hopefully do for him, and I look forward to it,” John Williams said. “It will round out a series of nine and be quite enough for me.” The Oscar winner of such films as “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “E.T.” and “Schindler’s List” said that when he wrote the music for the 1977 George Lucas movie, he never knew it would spawn sequels and sequels for decades to come. “It’s developed in the most amazing way,” said the composer.
Ed Sheeran treated a gang of fans who had camped outside his concert in Adelaide, Australia, to a pizza feast. The Sheeran fans arrived at the Adelaide Oval stadium on Tuesday in the hope of getting close to the stage, a day before the singer’s scheduled concert. Ed apparently found out about his fans’ long wait outside the venue, and ordered pizzas for them. His generosity was documented on Twitter, with one fan writing, “we are so grateful for this pizza @edsheeran is a saint” alongside a picture of the group with their snacks, while another added, “Ed, thank you so much for the pizza!!! We are beyond chuffed, thank you. Not a piece will go to waste.”
In the April cover story for InStyle, Demi Lovato opens up about both the rewards and the struggles of being someone so many young girls look up to. “I grew up in the era of really, really skinny celebrities. That was the look,” Demi says. “And it was cool to be seen partying. Drugs were glamorized, and when I was 12 or 13, nobody [I looked up to] was talking about mental illness. Nobody was talking about eating disorders. Nobody was talking about cutting.” She adds, “I wanted somebody for my little sister to look up to. I took on that role because I knew it was important.” By being so transparent about her issues with substance abuse, self-harm, mental illness and eating disorders, fans feel they can confide in her. “They show me their cuts,” Demi says. “I’ve had people come up to me [at a meet and greet] and say, ‘I was going to kill myself until I got this meet and greet.’” “Sometimes I’ll meditate afterwards…It’s very heavy,” she says.
After nearly two years of waiting, Netflix has set the official release date for its "unbreakable" hero. The second season of Luke Cage will debut June 22 as revealed in the first teaser trailer. The first season of Luke Cage launched way back in September of 2016. "Yo, I'm Luke Cage," says series star Mike Colter in the new teaser. "You can't burn me. You can't blast me. And you definitely can't break me. You want to test me, step up. I'm right here!" According to Netflix, in season two, Cage has become a local celebrity in Harlem, thanks to his super-strength and bulletproof skin. However, his superhero reputation has also made him a target. Now with the rise of a "formidable new foe," Luke will have to confront the "fine line that separates a hero from a villain."
“Live with Kelly and Ryan” aired an interview Monday that Kelly Ripa had done with comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish backstage at the Oscars. During their chat, the “Girls Trip” star told Ripa that she made quite a deal with the now-single Brad Pitt.
“Oh, I just met him on the elevator. He said in one year if he’s single and I’m single, we gonna do it. So you know what that means!” Haddish told Ripa.
“But he do got seven kids. I don’t know if I could deal with a man that’s got that many kids,” she added.
When Ripa inquired as to why Pitt, 54, asked to wait a year, the 38-year-old Haddish responded, “I don’t know. He asked me to wait a year.”
Pitt, who actually has six kids with his ex Angelina Jolie, may be taking a romantic time-out. Since his split with Jolie in 2016, Pitt has avoided the spotlight and told various media outlets that he’s been spending his post-marital life sculpting, listening to Frank Ocean and going to therapy.
He has also been candid about how the breakup has taken an emotional toll on him, Jolie and their children. He told GQ last year, “It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”
But if Pitt is seriously interested in Haddish, he may want to act a little sooner than 2019 because girlfriend has Michael B. Jordan’s phone number and — as she’s stated on Instagram — #sheready.
Will and Jaden Smith’s eco-friendly water company, JUST, is vowing to donate water each month to Flint, Michigan, schools until the city’s water is drinkable again.
The company has already donated 9,200 bottles to Flint. After reading about how the city’s water crisis affected its public schools, JUST’s CEO, Ira Laufer, decided the donations were simply necessary.
“This just makes sense for us to do,” Laufer told MLive. “After reading more about [Flint’s] challenges and the mayor objecting to pulling bottled water from the schools, we thought, ‘Let’s help these kids.’”
Will and Jaden Smith founded JUST in 2015 to provide a green alternative to plastic bottles and to invest in communities. JUST’s bottles are 82 percent plant-based, and the company has initiated long-term investments in Glen Falls, New York, the city where the water is sourced.
The Flint water crisis became a national topic in 2014 after city officials began using the Flint River as the town’s main water source. The city’s pipes were dangerously corroded, and they polluted the water with dangerously high levels of lead. In one study, the Environmental Protection Agency found lead levels in the city’s water to be as high as 397 parts per billion, far above the federal limit of 15 ppb.
Several city officials have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after at least 12 people died from a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak linked to the environmental catastrophe. The disease, a form of pneumonia, is spread by bacteria that can be found in drinking water.
Today, Flint’s government has set up water bottle distribution stations to supply communities without access to clean water until lead levels return to EPA-approved limits.
In 2017, the EPA awarded Flint a $100 million grant to begin replacing its water pipes. Completion is slated for 2020.
President Donald Trump’s former campaign aide Sam Nunberg spent Monday afternoon sitting for a series of interviews on cable news shows, bombastically stating that he would not comply with a subpoena he received to appear before a federal grand jury regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Before wrapping his appearance on Erin Burnett’s show, the CNN host said she could smell alcohol on his breath and asked Nunberg if he had been drinking.
“We talked earlier about what people in the White House were saying about you ? talking about whether you were drinking or on drugs or whatever had happened today,” she said. “Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath.”
Nunberg said he had not had a drink and had only taken his medication ? antidepressants ? earlier Monday.
The former Trump aide, who was fired from the campaign after racially charged social media posts he allegedly wrote surfaced, told The Washington Post on Monday that he would not cooperate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election.
“I think it would be really, really funny if they wanted to arrest me because I don’t want to spend 80 hours going over emails I had with Steve Bannon and Roger Stone,” he said during an interview with MSNBC.
The man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar has been arrested. The Los Angeles Police Department confirms to Yahoo that the alleged suspect, Terry Bryant, was in custody as of Monday morning.
The incident occurred after McDormand, 60, arrived at the Governors Ball following her big win — and big speech — at the Oscars. Instead of celebrating with her Best Actress statue, the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star was frantically looking for her Oscar, which had disappeared. She realized it had gone missing from her table shortly after she got the award engraved, according to reports. She immediately alerted security.
USA Today wrote that McDormand was “spotted crying emotionally outside the ball” before departing empty-handed with her husband, filmmaker Joel Coen. The New York Times’s Cara Buckley tweeted a photo of the alleged thief, who was eventually found, and McDormand’s Oscar was returned.
A publicist for the actress confirmed to USA Today on Sunday night that “Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together.” McDormand was photographed gleefully posing with her Oscar at the Vanity Fair after-party later that night.
Terry Bryant, 47, was charged with grand theft, and bail has been set at $20,000. Bryant posted a video on Facebook captioned “My Oscar baby” that shows him holding a statue just before his arrest. “This is mine,” he can be heard saying, kissing the statue. “We got this tonight… Governors ball, baby… Who wants to tell me congratulations?”
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The 90th Academy Awards Sunday night couldn’t possibly match the exciting finish of last year’s ceremony. But in a night full of predictable wins — from Coco to Allison Janney to Gary Oldman — there were still some moments of suspense and spontaneity. From the highs, like Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph’s banter, to the lows — which involved the use of hot dog cannons — we were reminded why it’s worth tuning in ever year.
Here are the moments we’ll remember, and the ones we can’t wait to forget, from the 2018 Oscars.
Most On Point Opening Monologue
Host Jimmy Kimmel came to talk about current events Sunday night. After an odd retro-style black and white opening segment and the first of many jokes about last year’s PricewaterhouseCoopers mix-up, Kimmel prioritized addressing pressing issues in Hollywood and beyond — particularly workplace sexual harassment — over jokes about the nominees in the front rows of the Dolby Theater (though he made some of those too).
“We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example. If we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time in every other place they go,” he joked, half-seriously. He encouraged viewers to listen to women speaking out about the #MeToo movement and encouraged people to join the students of Parkland, Fla., on their D.C. march to prevent gun violence. It may not have been the most impassioned delivery, but after speculation as to whether Time’s Up would even make an appearance at all Sunday night, Kimmel set the tone early on.
Best (Only) Animals Thanked During Speeches (Tie)
Two Oscar winners went beyond the usual thank you’s of publicists, moms, dads and directors to thank some four-legged and winged friends. The first, Best Makeup and Hairstyling winner Kazuhiro Tsuji, thanked Darkest Hour‘s Gary Oldman, of course, but also his cats. The second, Allison Janney, thanked “a cast and crew and bird that elevated my work.” Janney’s decision to bring I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers instead of her avian costar really is one worth questioning.
Most Unnecessary Tribute to the Movies
About an hour into the broadcast, the show turned to a prepared movie montage celebrating 90 years of the Academy Awards. The clip wasn’t unenjoyable — it’s certainly pleasant to take a walk down memory lane when it’s set to the most stirring segment of the Love Actually soundtrack. But it was a strangely meta, untethered moment that seemed not to have its footing in anything in particular. Then again, Hollywood celebrating Hollywood on Oscar night is hardly unexpected.
Best Movie That Was Actually a Walmart Commercial
It was rather surprising, though most welcome, that one of the night’s most quietly boundary-breaking moments came in the form of a commercial for the biggest corporation in America. But Mudbound director Dee Rees’ one-minute ad had so much that the movies for so long have lacked: young black girls as the heroes and villains of a sci-fi narrative. Black lesbian parents relaxing on the couch in a scene of contented domesticity. Oh, and an Oscar-nominated female cinematographer.
Most Incongruous Win of the Night
On a night punctuated by statements about combating sexual harassment in Hollywood, many found it disappointing to see retired basketball star — and now Oscar winner — Kobe Bryant take the stage. Bryant, who won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short for the film “Dear Basketball,” was arrested in 2003 for sexual assault after he was accused of rape by a hotel employee. Criminal charges were ultimately dropped, but a civil case was settled out of court. Needless to say, many didn’t feel great about celebrating him Sunday night.
Worst Attempt to Recreate Last Year’s “Gary From Chicago” Moment
One of the 2017 Oscars’ most viral moments came when Kimmel waltzed a bunch of tourists through the Dolby Theatre, giving “Gary from Chicago” his primetime debut. It worked well enough last year, so apparently Kimmel, or the show’s producers, decided to try to create a similar moment during this year’s broadcast.
In this bit, Kimmel recruited a crew of A-listers, including Gal Gadot, Ansel Elgort and Emily Blunt, to surprise an unsuspecting audience at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre across the street — who thought they were there to see a sneak preview of A Wrinkle in Time — with red vines, hot dog cannons and a six-foot sub. It was nearly impossible to hear over the screaming crowd and see through the chaotic camerawork, and there was certainly no suitable replacement for Gary from Chicago.
Best Way to Get People to Pay Attention to the Short Film Awards
Much credit goes to the Oscars producer who had the ingenious idea to pair Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph at Sunday’s show — because the result was the funniest introduction of the night. The duo, onstage holding their many-inch heels in hand, traded jokes about the whiteness of the Oscars — both onstage and behind it —making people pay attention to the least-watched categories of the evening.
Best Continuation of Natalie Portman’s Shining Golden Globes Moment
Natalie Portman sent a wave of conspiratorial chortles through the audience at January’s Golden Globes when she called out the “all male” nominees for Best Director. At the 2018 Oscars, Sandra Bullock and Emma Stone were there to continue to draw attention to women in Hollywood, although Sunday night, they were calling out their presence, rather than their absence. Bullock announced “the four men and one trailblazing woman,” Rachel Morrison, nominated for Best Cinematography. Stone, presenting Best Director, read the names of “these four men and Greta Gerwig.”
Most Stirring Speech
On a night when nearly every speech included references to winning a jet ski, no thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, the most rousing moment came during Frances McDormand’s acceptance of the Oscar for Leading Actress in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. After thanking her director, castmates and family, she asked every female nominee across all categories to stand — she made Meryl Streep do it first, knowing the rest would follow suit — declaring, “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.”
It's become standard for awards show acceptance speeches to be a race against the clock, as the award winner tries to rattle out his or her long list of thanks before the orchestra plays them off. At the 2018 Oscars, host Jimmy Kimmel added a new incentive to try to get winners to stay on schedule: whoever gives the shortest speech gets a jet ski, presented by Helen Mirren.
Played off like a Price Is Right prize, Kimmel's opening monologue concluded with the reveal of Mirren showing off the jet ski, and it became a recurring bit throughout the show. Multiple nominees referenced the "prize" as a reason to keep their speeches within the Academy Awards-determined time limit -- or admitted they were going over time even if it meant they were going to be losing their chance.
At the end of the night, Kimmel completed the bit by revealing who won the jet ski: Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges, who won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design. The show ended with Bridges riding out on his jet ski with Mirren behind him, cheering in triumphant glory.
The reason most awards shows tend to cut speeches for time is to keep the program on schedule; this year's Oscars, for example, went over its planned three-hour run time by 50 minutes. But, as this year's shorter acceptance speeches showed, it tends to be the many packages and stunts that make awards shows like the Academy Awards run long, though outlier long speeches do contribute to the bloated runtime.
In 2018, it was only Shape of Water producer J. Miles Dale who ended up being unceremoniously cut off by the orchestra as he tried to give his acceptance speech after the film's Best Picture win. He got the unlucky honor of being the last speech of the night, so the ABC broadcast cut out his microphone, though Kimmel did give him a chance to issue his thanks before the broadcast concluded.
Selena Gomez just sent a not-so-cryptic message to her millions of social media followers: she’s totally back with Justin Bieber.
The “Wolves” singer, who happens to be the most followed celebrity on Instagram, shared a flirty post with fans on Thursday to wish a certain someone a happy birthday.
“March 1, 1994 someone I know that happens to be super cool was born. Boom,” she captioned a photo of herself flashing a smile as she lounges with polaroids of what we can only assume is Bieber placed on her forehead.
Yes, the pop star was born 24 years ago on Thursday, so it doesn’t exactly take a detective to deduce that Gomez sending some love to Bieber on his special day.
Bieber reportedly rang in 24 with a day at the racetrack ? the go-cart race track, that is ? with friends and family, including manager Scooter Braun, his pastor Carl Lentz, and his mother Pattie Mallette.
On Thursday, the “What Do U Mean” singer was photographed at MB2 Raceway in Sylmar, California, after grabbing a birthday lunch in Los Angeles.
Gomez was apparently not in attendance, but the two did recently vacation together in Jamaica for the February nuptials of Bieber’s father Jeremy. The on-again, off-again couple were reportedly among 30 or so people at the private ceremony on the island, with guests dressing in complimenting pink tones.
The two were spotted later on packing on the PDA together, with Bieber bringing in Gomez for a sweet embrace and kiss.
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Since rekindling their romance back in November after Gomez’s split with the singer The Weeknd, the two have kept their relationship off social media. They have, however, been photographed going to church, biking together and spending time at Bieber’s hockey practices.
“I’m 25. I’m not 18, or 19, or 20,” Gomez said of her reconciliation with Bieber. “I cherish people who have really impacted my life. So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn’t right. But that doesn’t mean caring for someone ever goes away.”
The couple also spent New Year’s together in Cabo San Lucas, and had an intimate dinner together at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Valentine’s Day.
Despite police responding to a “disturbance” call at their home a day before, the incident did not stop Tori Spelling from publicly celebrating her son Beau’s first birthday with her husband.
“#BeauBeau1 Happy 1st Birthday! Did he just say Beau or Birthday? Ha ha… Daddy @imdeanmcdermott and I ? You SO much!!” Spelling, 44, wrote as she made her social media return on Instagram Friday for the first time since Jan. 23.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum also shared a home video of Beau listening to the sweet birthday messages from his mom and dad Dean McDermott.
“Time flys!!! This little dude is 1 today!!!! Happy Birthday Beau Dean McDermott!! We love you!! #littlerockstar #firstbirthday,” McDermott shared on Instagram Friday.
The couple is also parents to daughters Stella, 9, and Hattie, 6, as well as sons Liam, 10, and Finn, 5.
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Beau’s first birthday comes at a challenging time for Spelling,
A source told PEOPLE she is “in a tough place” after LAPD officers confirmed they received a “call for service” at 7:17 a.m. on Thursday to Spelling’s Woodland Hills address where officers subsequently responded to a “disturbance” call.
Officer Drake Madison told PEOPLE the situation ended up being a “domestic incident” and that “no crime” was committed.
Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott and their son Beau in December 2017
TMZ reported that Spelling called police Wednesday night because she thought there was someone breaking into her house, but it turned out to be her husband coming home.
“The last year has been really tough on Tori. She has a ton of pressure and stress, with the kids, work and her marriage,” an insider told PEOPLE.
“[She] internalizes a lot of her anxiety and she knows it’s not healthy for her. Of course, she’s going to get to a breaking point eventually,” the insider said. “Tori and Dean have their ups and downs but they love each other and family is most important to both of them.”
Jennifer Lawrence says she's not sure if she'll talk to Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the Oscars on Sunday. Seacrest, who has been hit with allegations of sexual misconduct by a former employee, which he denies, is hosting red carpet coverage for E! at the Academy Awards.
Lawrence, star of the new film "Red Sparrow," was on "The Howard Stern Show" on Wednesday when host Howard Stern asked her for her thoughts on Seacrest.
She said she felt unsure about the allegations, saying, "I don't know about the Ryan Seacrest thing."
She continued, "I think it is scary, you know. He has not been to trial for anything. I am not a judge. I am not a jury, you know. I don't know … that is where this stuff gets tricky."
Seacrest's former stylist Suzie Hardy described "numerous incidents of harassment and assault allegedly perpetrated by Seacrest" from 2007 to 2013, telling Variety that he grinded against her while wearing only his underwear, groped her genitals and slapped her buttock. Seacrest denied the allegations, and E! said that it hired outside counsel to conduct an internal, "thorough" investigation which found "insufficient evidence to substantiate allegations against Seacrest."
Lawrence said it would not be hard for her to skip over Seacrest at the Oscars, saying, "There are already [news] outlets that I'm just like, 'Nah.' So it wouldn't be that big of a deal."
She also said that she has other issues with E! that have nothing to do with Seacrest.
"I mean, there is a lot to think about with E!, you know?" she said. "I have always had a problem with the 'Fashion Police.' I don't have a problem with talking about what women are wearing. There was a time they were … they were just mean about people's bodies, things you shouldn't say."
She also remarked of Seacrest, "I can't imagine him being sexual."
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump isn't pleased with Alec Baldwin's latest comment that impersonating the president is "agony," and is suggesting Saturday Night Live replace the comedian. Trump tweets: "Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!"
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Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!
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Baldwin, a Democratic activist, received an Emmy award for his running parody last year on Saturday Night Live, or SNL. But he tells The Hollywood Reporter that he doesn't enjoy it: "Every time I do it now, it's like agony. Agony. I can't."
The comedian joked that if Trump wins in 2020 he might "host a game show in Spain."
In September, Baldwin told CBS Sunday Morning that he generally gets a positive response from people about his Trump impersonation.
"Sixty to seventy-five percent of the people that encounter me treat me like I was Jonas Salk and I had cured polio!" Baldwin laughed. "They walk up to me and go, 'My God, thank you! I can't thank you enough, that what you're doing is so important."
Sometimes, "A Moment Like This" is all it takes to change your life. For Kelly Clarkson, that moment came after comment from a mysterious stranger. And as Kelly tells Cosmopolitan.com, that one comment is why she's a chart-topping artist today.
When Kelly was 13, she sang solo for the first time, performing Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love," and it went pretty well. "Literally, the amount of applause that happened at the end, I was like, 'Well, this is cool!'" she remembers. "It was first time I kinda felt confident."
Then, Kelly recalls, "This old man comes up to me, I mean, probably in his 80s. [And] literally says, 'That was so amazing, you're gonna do this for the rest of your life!'"
"I kinda was just taken aback 'cause I'd never received any kind of compliment like that in my life at that point," she continues. "I don't even think I said thank you."
"He...walked away, and then I was asking everyone whose grandpa that was," she continues. "No one knew him." But what he said put Kelly on the path to stardom.
"From that moment, that's all I focused on was singing. Whether it was getting a scholarship for college...or trying out for Idol, all of it was from that one, singular moment."
"To this day I have no idea who he was," she swears. "No one knew who he was. It might be borderline creepy, 'cause, like, what was an old man doing there? Or like, was he real?"
But ultimately, it doesn't matter. What he told her did the trick.
"We all have these moments in our lives that are so pivotal and seem so mundane in the moment but are such a big thing -- that really was that fork in that road that sent you a completely different path."
Oprah Winfrey has revealed that only God could convince her to run for president in 2020. She has been touted for a run at the presidency since she made her inspiring Golden Globes speech to a standing ovation and thunderous applause last month. Winfrey revealed that amid all the presidential chatter, and offers to finance her campaign, she went into prayer to seriously contemplate whether she could run. 'I pay attention, and when you have that many people saying something, I thought gee, I never in my life, ever, ever, thought I would be in politics. I've always said no no no no no," she told People. "Am I at least supposed to look a that question? I had enough people, billionaires calling me, saying I can get you a billion dollars, I can run your campaign. And I went into prayer. God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it." Winfrey said that so far, she hadn't gotten that.
Disney and Marvel's Black Panther continues to shatter records in just its third week of release, becoming the third-highest-grossing Marvel film, behind The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film delivered another $8.1 million on Monday, bringing its domestic gross to $411.7 million in just 11 days. Its overseas tally swelled to $316.2 million after earning $10.9 million on Monday. Black Panther overtook Iron Man 3 and Captain America to nab 22nd place on the all-time domestic box office chart, right behind Wonder Woman. It's expected to pass Age of Ultron for the number 13 spot, and has a strong chance of shot at tying The Avengers, which ranks fifth on the list.
There is speculation that Patriots owner Bob Kraft has become a father again at age 76 after his much younger girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander secretly had a baby. Kraft, who has four adult sons, and Lander, 38, have been dating for about five years. There were rumors they had broken up, but it’s being reported that Lander was in fact pregnant and wanted to stay out of the public eye. She gave birth to the child last year, multiple sources confirmed to Page Six. Kraft, via his Patriots spokesman, declined to comment about the baby, saying, “This is a private matter.” Kraft and Lander went public again as a couple following the birth. They were photographed together at the 2018 Super Bowl, as well as on the red carpet at the Grammys and the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. They are expected to step out at the Oscars on Sunday.
Wow, talk about a twist!
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has just confirmed reports that his 38-year-old girlfriend gave birth to a secret baby -- but he insists he's NOT the daddy!
Ricki Noel Lander gave birth to the kid back in 2017 but nobody knew about it until Page Six broke the story Wednesday evening. It seemed 76-year-old Kraft was the father since they've been dating for about 5 years.
But, Kraft's reps just issued a "Billy Jean"-style statement saying -- the kid is not my son.
"Last fall, Ricki Noel Lander became the proud mother of a beautiful, healthy baby," the rep said.
"While Robert Kraft is not the biological father, he is thrilled with Ricki’s blessing of having a healthy child. With respect to her family’s privacy, we will not be commenting any further."
Jennifer Lawrence watches Disney movies to calm her nerves on flights, after her plane was forced to make an emergency landing last year. No one was injured during the incident in June 2017, when her private plane flying from Kentucky to New York suffered double engine failure at 31,000 feet. However, Jennifer was so affected by the close call that she had to go to therapy to seek help for post-traumatic stress. And now, when it comes to having to jet around the world for her career, she has a unique way of keeping calm in the air – watching Disney films on rotation. “Thank you, Emma Watson, for Beauty and the Beast… I’ve seen it six or seven times,” Jennifer told Vanity Fair magazine. “If anybody has any questions about it, come to me.”
I Am Paul Walker, a new documentary about the late Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, is coming this summer to the Paramount Network streaming platform from Derik Murray. Murray has released similar retrospectives on celebrities, including I Am Heath Ledger, I Am Bruce Lee, I Am Evel Knievel, and I Am JFK Jr. He brings a similar lens now to Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013 at the age of 40, while on a break from filming Furious 7. The documentary is said to “explore Walker’s prolific film career and showcase a side of Paul few knew — from his passion for the world’s oceans and marine life to helping rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquake.” “Interviews with some of Paul’s most cherished cast mates and friends who knew him best” are to be featured in I Am Paul Walker, though a specific cast list will be announced at a later time.
ABC has greenlit Alec Baldwin's talk show. Sundays with Alec Baldwin will be a new one-hour series where the actor will conduct one-on-one interviews with "the most interesting people in pop culture," ABC announced yesterday. "I'm excited about this show and grateful to ABC for taking a chance on me in what is, admittedly, a crowded field," said Baldwin in a statement. "I've enjoyed doing my podcast for WNYC and look forward to the challenge of doing a show on camera." Fans will get a sneak peek of what Baldwin's new series will be right after the Oscars on Sunday, March 4. His first guests will be comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Saturday Night Live MVP Kate McKinnon. Sundays with Alec Baldwin will air a special sneak peek Sunday at 11:35/10:35c on ABC after the Oscars.
LOS ANGELES -- Stacey Dash, the "Clueless" star turned conservative political commentator, has filed paperwork to run for a congressional seat in Southern California. Documents submitted Monday to the Federal Election Commission show that Dash intends to run as a Republican in California's 44th District, a seat held by Democrat Nanette Barragan.
Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a wide margin in the Los Angeles-area district that contains the areas of Compton, Watts, San Pedro and North Long Beach.
The 51-year-old Dash tweeted Monday that "formal statements [are] coming," adding that she wants "to serve great people."
Formal statements coming. For those mocking for the district I live in...open your minds. It’s time to for me to put up or shut up and I want to serve great people.
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Formal statements coming. For those mocking for the district I live in...open your minds. It’s time to for me to put up or shut up and I want to serve great people.
I live in the 44th unlike some who don’t live in their districts. Thank you to those who offered their support.
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Dash co-starred in the 1995 coming-of-age comedy film "Clueless," and worked as an on-air contributor at Fox News until 2016. The same year she wrote a book called "There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative."
Dash has sparked controversy for her outspoken views against transgender people, feminists and the Black Lives Matter movement, among other issues.
Remember the feud between Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones last season? It’s not over. Jones will now be charged “millions of dollars” for his role in the conflict, according to Ken Belson of the New York Times.
Goodell has the support of several league owners, fed up with Jones’ antics from when he tried to derail efforts to work out a contract extension for the commissioner last fall. The charges aren’t a fine, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, but a reimbursement of more than $2 million in charges that were incurred by teams as a result of Jones’ actions.
Here’s what happened to bring Goodell and Jones to this point.
Goodell issued a six-game suspension to Ezekiel Elliott
The league completed an investigation into domestic violence allegations raised against Elliott by a former girlfriend. Goodell suspended Elliott for six games, which is the baseline suspension for a first-time offender under the NFL’s domestic violence policy.
Elliott fought the suspension. The NFL’s arbitrator upheld the suspension on appeal, and Elliott and the NFLPA took it to court. After many hearings and twists and turns and stays and reversals, the suspension was ultimately upheld. Elliott sat out Weeks 10 through 15.
Jones was reportedly unhappy with Goodell for suspending Elliott. He called it “an unforgivable breach” of his trust.
“I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,” Jones said, according to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham. “If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard [for Deflategate], Bob Kraft is a p---y compared to what I’m going to do.”
Jones claimed that Goodell assured him that Elliott would not face discipline from the league. Joe Lockhart, an NFL spokesman, said that was absolutely not the case. And then this thing really escalated.
Jones tried to derail Goodell’s contract extension
And he pissed off a lot of his peers along the way. Jones openly battled with compensation committee chairman Arthur Blank as Jones did his best to keep the committee from locking up Goodell long-term.
Jones said he was doing it because he wanted Goodell to have “unprecedented accountability” to NFL owners. He wanted the full ownership group to have a vote on Goodell’s extension instead of the six-member compensation committee being permitted to seal the deal on their own. But in May, all 32 owners — including Jones — voted unanimously to leave that responsibility solely in the hands of the compensation committee.
The situation made Jones angry enough that he threatened to sue the league and the compensation committee. He claimed that Blank wasn’t forthcoming about the details of the extension the committee planned to offer Goodell, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
As a result of his threats to sue, Jones was removed as an ad hoc, non-voting member of the compensation committee. The committee sent Jones a cease and desist letter. And when the Falcons played the Cowboys in Atlanta in Week 10, Jones and Blank didn’t shake hands or say a single word to each other.
It all backfired for Jones. Goodell still got a five-year, $200 million extension. Elliott served his suspension. Now, Jones will be ponying up a hefty amount to reimburse funds compensation committee members spent on their own legal defense and money the league spent defending its suspension of Elliott, according to Belson’s report.
Bill Cosby's daughter Ensa Cosby has died, ABC News confirmed. She was 44.
In a statement, the Cosby family said they thank "many people for their prayers for their beloved and beautiful Ensa, who recently died from renal disease."
According to the Mayo Clinic, renal disease is a chronic kidney disease, in which one gradually loses function of that organ.
Ensa Cosby was one of five children the 80-year-old comedian has had with his wife, Camille Cosby. She did not follow in her father's famous footsteps in comedy or acting, but according to IMDb, she did appear in one episode of "The Cosby Show" in 1989.
This is not the first time the Cosby family has lost a child. In 1997, Bill Cosby's only son, Ennis Cosby, was killed at the age of 27 in Los Angeles during a robbery attempt.
The news of the loss of his daughter also comes one week before Bill Cosby is due back in court on March 5 for a pretrial hearing in the retrial of his sexual assault case that took place last summer.
The first attempt by the district attorney from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, to try the comedian for sexual assault ended in a mistrial. After six days of deliberation in June, the jury was unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault with which Bill Cosby had been charged.
The trial stems from accuser Andrea Constand's claim that in 2004, Cosby gave her a drug at his home in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, that rendered her unable to stop his alleged assaults.
Bill Cosby never took the stand during the trial and has pleaded not guilty. According to portions of a decade-old Bill Cosby deposition that was read aloud in court, Bill Cosby claims he gave Constand Benadryl to "relax" her during a consensual sexual encounter. He and his lawyers have always claimed his innocence in the case.
Ensa Cosby was always a supporter of her father's, releasing a statement last year to Sirius XM Radio that she believed her father was innocent of sexual assault and that, "Racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal."
Ensa Cosby is survived by her parents, and her siblings Erika, Erinn and Evin Cosby.
California authorities say Heather Locklear has been arrested for investigation of domestic violence and fighting with sheriff's deputies.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office website says the 56-year-old actress was arrested Sunday night.
Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian tells Los Angeles radio station KNX the victim of the alleged domestic violence was a live-in boyfriend.
Kuredjian says Locklear was also booked on three counts of battery on a peace officer.
Woke up today to the news actress Heather Locklear was arrested for domestic violence and battery on a police officer. Happened last night in Thousand Oaks, CA. She'd reportedly been arguing w/her boyfriend when her brother called police. So far, no comment from Locklear.
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The former "Melrose Place" star has been released and is due in court on March 13.
Heather Locklear has had a rough few years! From sobriety issues to a mysterious car crash to now being arrested for domestic violence AND she allegedly assaulted a police officer!! https://goo.gl/bTaMnM
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A voicemail seeking comment from the actress was left at the office of a publicist.
Character actor Danny Trejo has forged an unlikely path to Hollywood. Throughout the 1960s, Trejo was in and out of the California state prison system. When a rock he threw allegedly hit a police lieutenant in the head at the Cinco de Mayo riots in San Quentin in 1968, Trejo thought he would end up dying in the gas chamber. Instead, he served time in solitary confinement at the notorious San Quentin Prison and was released the following year.
After a few decades and a successful acting career, Trejo is attempting to pay it forward as he stars in Matthew Cooke's documentary, "Survivor's Guide to Prison," produced by David Arquette and narrated by Susan Sarandon. The film features an all-star cast of actors and musicians who, like Trejo, have had experiences with the criminal justice system. They deliver honest, often chilling advice on how not to get caught in the countless snares of the law.
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Trejo talked with CBS News about the film and shared his thoughts on America's court system and criminal justice reform.
Q: Why did you feel it was necessary to make "Survivor's Guide to Prison"?
A: The first reason is, you're more likely to go to prison in the United States than any other country in the world. We have 5,000 prisons. That's more than we have universities. That should tell you that prisons are there to make money. They're not there to rehabilitate anybody. They're all to make money. And they have to stay full, so, watch your step.
Q: This film posits that the criminal justice system is run largely by money and people looking to advance their careers with high conviction rates. Does justice still play any role?
A: Once you get into the court system, it's no longer justice. And believe me, I'm not against justice. I'm not against cops. I'm not against anybody. But when you go to court, the District Attorney has all the power. That's kind of like the dealer knowing all the cards. If you get arrested for anything, and you go before the court, and the District Attorney says, "Look, this will get you five years. If you plead guilty to this, I'll give you a year." It's no longer even a justice system. It is a deal-making system.
Q: Why do you think issues like abuse in the justice system and the conditions of prisons so overlooked in society?
A: Nobody wants to be on the forefront. When David Arquette did this, I said, "You know, you're probably going to get arrested." Because the powers that be don't want stuff like this out. There are tens of thousands of people that have been convicted illegally. Right now we put the population of New York and Los Angeles combined in jail every day in the United States [Editor's note: Approximately 2.3 million people were incarcerated in the U.S. as of 2017, according to Prison Policy Initiative. The populations of New York and Los Angeles combined are more than 12 million people]. But no one wants to confront that.
Q: How did this system come about?
A: The prison population is basically poor. You don't see too many rich people in prison. If you can afford a good attorney, you can get out. O.J. got set free. Was it because he didn't do it? Or was it because he had the money to pay for the "Dream Team"? If you don't have money, and you have a public defender who's picking his nose, you're going to take a plea bargain. The D.A. job has nothing to do with justice. It has to do with convictions. If you have a D.A. that loses a lot of cases, do you think he's going to stay as the District Attorney, or better yet move up the ladder? Hell no. If you look at a District Attorney that's highly paid, his conviction rate is flawless. And plea bargains are convictions.
Q: How long has this been going on?
A: This has been going on since the Third Strike Law. Before the Third Strike Law came in, the judge had the power. The judge could say, "I honestly believe this man is innocent." There have been cases, it's been proven, where they knew someone was innocent, but the District Attorney says, "Look he already plead guilty to this!" So then the judge says, "Well, OK, send them to jail." I don't want to say "corruption." I just want to say "unfair."
Look, I'm going to give you a secret. Right now, there's a big debate about automatic weapons. You want me to tell you how to get the law changed on automatic weapons? I would say have all the young black men and all the young Mexican men start buying automatic weapons. You will see how quick they will change that law.
Q: What do you want the biggest takeaway from this film to be?
A: I want somebody to watch this film and say, "Hey, the system really is unfair." My cousin went to prison when he was 17. He got out a year ago. He's 55. There has to be something done about the automatic weapons in this country. There has to be something done about the criminal justice system in this country.
"Survivor's Guide to Prison" is in theaters, VOD and digital HD Friday.
Lorde and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff are craving a different kind of buzz: friendship.
Ever since Antonoff and “Girls” creator Lena Dunham split after five years of dating, fans have wondered whether he and Lorde (aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor) were making more than music together.
Photos of them looking mighty cozy together in Auckland, New Zealand, this week certainly didn’t quell the rumors.
Lorde decided to set the record straight during an Instagram Live on Thursday night. The “Green Light” singer, who answered a wide array of questions on the app, addressed the speculation while she was getting dressed for dinner.
“Guys, no!” Lorde told her followers, according to E! News. “Jack and I are not dating ... I love him. He’s awesome, but we’re not dating!”
Antonoff co-wrote and produced the New Zealand native’s second studio album, “Melodrama.” He’s also lent a hand to major pop projects like the latest efforts from Taylor Swift and Pink.
He’s joined Lorde on stage a handful of times and is expected to do the same when she launches her world tour in April.
After Dunham and Antonoff’s split, he appeared to respond to the whispers about his dating Lorde.
“Normally i would never address rumors but i resent having the most important friendships and working relationships in my life reduced to dumb hetero normative gossip,” he tweeted on Jan. 17. “Those relationships are deeply important and sacred. with that said, im not seeing anyone.”
Meanwhile, Lorde, who split from boyfriend James Lowe in 2016, is rumored to actually be dating Justin Warren, who accompanied the singer and Antonoff that day in New Zealand.
Quincy Jones is sorry he said Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor had sex in the 70s. The music producer is also sorry he said The Beatles were terrible musicians, President Trump is a terrible person, Michael Jackson stole songs, and he dated Ivanka Trump. Jones apologized yesterday for stunning interviews he gave to Vulture and GQ last month, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In a statement, Jones blamed his fuzzy memory from quitting alcohol a few years ago and "word vomit." "I am sorry to anyone whom my words offended, and I am especially sorry to my friends who are still here with me and those who aren't," Jones said. He said he decided to apologize after his six daughters held a "surprise 'family intervention.'"
Ed Sheeran has denied claims he’s married fiancee Cherry Seaborn in secret, revealing the band he’s been wearing on his left hand is an engagement ring. Reports suggesting Ed had tied the knot with his long-time love have been swirling for weeks, and Ed fueled the speculation by sporting a silver band on his left ring finger. However, as he attended the Brit Awards in London on Wednesday, Ed clarified that the accessory is not an indication that he’s a married man. During an interview on the red carpet at the O2 Arena, Ed was asked by Sky News what the ring means, to which he replied: “It’s an engagement ring. I don’t know, I feel like it’s good to both do things.”
Mark Hamill will soon grace Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The actor, best known for playing Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, before recreating the role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be honored with the 2,630th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a March 8 ceremony. Lucas will join Master of Ceremonies and President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler at the ceremony, along with Hamill’s Star Wars co-star, Harrison Ford.
Harvey Weinstein wants a judge to dismiss a federal sexual misconduct lawsuit against him and invoked the words and actions of Oscar-winning actresses including Meryl Streep in his defense. In a blistering response Wednesday, Streep said misusing her statement "as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive."
Lawyers for the disgraced film mogul said Tuesday in federal court in New York that the proposed class-action lawsuit filed by six women should be rejected because the alleged assaults took place too long ago and they failed to offer facts to support claims of racketeering.
Weinstein was one of the most powerful men in the movie industry before allegations that began emerging in October dethroned him and unleashed a torrent of sexual misconduct accusations that spread far beyond the entertainment industry.
His lawyers cited comments made by Streep in a statement she released last October saying Weinstein had always been respectful in their working relationship.
"The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility," Streep said in her statement, "and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them."
The lawsuit, which could potentially involve hundreds of other women, said Weinstein assaulted young women trying to break into Hollywood when they were alone with him and that his former film companies operated like an organized crime group to conceal widespread sexual harassment and assaults.
Saying that the proposed class of affected women was "fatally overbroad," lawyers for Weinstein said that the suit would include all women Weinstein ever met, whether they even claimed to be harmed.
The filing written by attorneys Phyllis Kupferstein and Mary Flynn also questioned the veracity of claims that the women who sued were under duress because of threats Weinstein made if they complained. It cited Gwyneth Paltrow as an example, saying she went on to work with Weinstein and win an Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love" in 1998 after he was accused of harassing her during the filming of "Emma" in 1994.
"Paltrow was not so offended that she refused to work with Weinstein again, nor did her career suffer as a result of her rebuffing his alleged advances," the court papers said.
The filing also cites Jennifer Lawrence telling Oprah Winfrey that she had known Weinstein since she was 20 and said "he had only ever been nice to me," according to the filing
Representatives for Lawrence and Paltrow did not immediately reply to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Attorney Elizabeth Fegan, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of six actresses, said her team looks forward to showing that "Weinstein and his enablers should be held responsible for decades of assaults and cover-ups."
"If Weinstein thinks he will win by twisting women's words against them, he fails to understand the law on sexual assault and the depravity of his own conduct," Fegan wrote in reply to an email.
At least 75 women have told the news media that Weinstein harassed, behaved inappropriately toward them or assaulted them. Authorities in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York and London are investigating.
The filing by Weinstein's lawyers came the same day other defendants in the suit, including The Weinstein Co., sought to dismiss the legal action. The company Weinstein co-founded with his brother said it was unaware of Harvey Weinstein's conduct and that he was solely responsible for his actions.
The second "Jurassic World" film is not even out yet, but Universal Pictures is so confident in the franchise that it has already announced plans for a third installment, months before "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" hits theaters.
Universal says "Jurassic World 3" will land in June 2021. The film is to be written by Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow, the director of 2015′s "Jurassic World." Carmichael co-wrote the upcoming sci-fi adventure "Pacific Rim Rising."
"Jurassic World" ranks among the biggest box-office hits. It launched with a $208.8 million opening weekend and finished with $1.7 billion worldwide in ticket sales.
Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg are executive producing each new "Jurassic World" film.
Directed by J.A. Bayona, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, opens June 22.
It's been a little over seven months since Dance Moms matriarch Abby Lee Miller was sent off to federal prison in Victorville, California on fraud charges. Now, she's getting out — sort of. Radar Online is reporting that Abby will serve the rest of her 366-day sentence at a Bureau of Prisons halfway house in Van Nuys, which apparently has stricter rules than she's used to.
A former inmate of Abby's said her final days in Victorville will be extremely regimented. "Abby had to follow very strict protocol for her exit from FCI Victorville. As far as what she will be allowed to walk out of the prison in, she had to submit a detailed description of exactly what she will wear 60 days prior to her release." She reportedly picked out a "simple outfit" and shoes.
The source continued, "The request needed to be detailed, including what type, color, size, etc. The same thing goes for her bra and underwear. Abby will also be able to take her personal items bought from the commissary."
As for how Abby will be transported from Victorville to the Van Nuys halfway house, she needs someone with a car and a documented license plate. This person will need to submit a request to Victorville with the make and model of their car for approval. Once that is set, she only has several hours to make the trip.
The source said, "She will have anywhere from four to five hours to get from prison to the house. She is not allowed to stop at any location other than halfway, where she is allowed to go through a drive through to get some fast food." According to this source, the halfway house isn't exactly setting Abby free, either. "It is hell! While she is there she gets no freedom and is still under the BOP rules."
She will reportedly be fed "awful food" and will be sleeping on a mattress with one pillowcase and two sheets. There's no word on when Abby will make the transition, but it's the first step in closing the curtain on this chapter of her life.
New details regarding Jennifer Anistonand Justin Theroux's failed marriage continue to unfold.
A source reveals to E! News that the A-list couple was struggling in their relationship for the better part of a year, which they announced ended in late 2017 via a statement released last week.
"They've been separated for two months now," the insider says, "but were having intense issues for about eight months."
As previously reported, Jen and Justin's bicoastal lifestyles drove a wedge in their happily ever after. The source explains, "She really tried to make it work with him but the distance was a factor as he only wanted to live in N.Y.C. and there was no compromise with her... Their lifestyles were completely incompatible, and ultimately Justin decided to leave."
A separate source told E! News Theroux flew back to Los Angeles on Valentine's Day to meet with the Friends alum about the separation announcement. Since then, our source says Aniston hasn't been feeling her best.
"Jen was doing OK for a few weeks after Justin left, and then things got stirred up again when the announcement was made to the media," the source shares. Of course, the 49-year-old actress continues to stay positive by taking things one day at a time.
Aniston is "adjusting to living by herself and not having Justin around," the source adds. "She is used to the empty house since it's been months now without him, but it's still an uneasy feeling for her. She knows in due time she will feel tremendously better, but is really going through the motions right now."
UPDATE: MTV has made a decision regarding their future with David Eason.
"David Eason's personal comments do not reflect the views of MTV," a network spokesperson said in a statement to E! News. "With six weeks left of production on Teen Mom 2, effective immediately, we are ending our relationship with him."
Jenelle Evans is speaking out as her husband David Eason continues to face headlines for his alleged homophobic tweets.
Earlier this week, the Teen Mom 2 star raised eyebrows for his controversial messages on the LGBTQ community. While his Twitter has been taken down, screenshots of the messages remain throughout social media.
It all began when a Twitter user suggested the MTV star limit the exposure of unnecessary weaponry around the house and "teach your children to be aware of their surroundings at school."
The message apparently hit a nerve with David who reportedly fired back in a reply.
"And just what makes you think you have the right to tell me how to be a parent? Because you think you know me? LMAO why don't you go tell the homo and transgender parents to start teaching their kids better morals?" he reportedly wrote. "Oh I forgot, that's supposed to be normal."
Ashton Kutcher is getting candid about his divorce from Demi Moore.
The 40-year-old actor was a guest on Dax Shepard's new podcast, Armchair Expert, where the two longtime friends discussed their careers, kids and relationships, as well as Kutcher's former marriage with Moore.
"Right after I got divorced, I went to the mountains for a week by myself," Kutcher revealed, adding that he spent the week in Montana.
"I did no food, no drink, just water and tea," he explained. "I took all my computers away, my phone, my everything. I was there by myself, so there was no talking. I just had a notepad, a pen and water and tea for a week."
Kutcher and Moore tied the knot in September 2005. After six years of marriage, they announced their separation in 2011 and in December 2012 Kutcher filed for divorce.
The former That '70s Show star said he really relished his time alone, stating, "I was just doing what came to me."
"I wrote down every single relationship that I had where I felt like there was some grudge or some anything, regret, anything," Kutcher explained. "And I wrote letters to every single person. And on day seven, I typed them all out and then sent them. I handwrote them all and then typed them out and sent them."
"It was like an exercise," he continued. "I was like, 'I've probably done some damage.' So I just cleared palette."
Ryan Reynolds hit back at an online troll who criticized the actor for inviting sick children to the set of the Deadpool sequel. The actor met with the kids as part of the Make-a-Wish program, and took to Instagram to share his experiences with his young fans. “One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass (Deadpool) is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set,” he wrote yesterday. “Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day. These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions).” Following his post, one social media follower made a point of the fact Ryan’s film is R-rated, and therefore inappropriate for children under 17 to watch. “Guys Deadpool is (a) R rated movie and those kids are watching it… I think something is wrong here,” the fan wrote. Reynolds has now hit back, writing: “Yup. Deadpool is Rated R. If my kid went through a fraction of the s**t these kids deal with daily, I think they can watch whatever they like. That’s just my .02 cents.”
There is an internal war brewing after it was claimed that Ronan Farrow has been banned by NBC News’ top exec Andy Lack. Farrow was booked on Rachel Maddow’s prime-time MSNBC show on Friday to discuss his story about Donald Trump’s alleged affair with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal. But Farrow was bumped from the broadcast, and insiders said the decision was made by Lack, who is still fuming over claims that NBC killed Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein probe. NBC reps didn’t comment, but other insiders insist Farrow was bumped because of breaking Russia indictment news.
The King of Wakanda reigned supreme this holiday weekend as Disney's "Black Panther" proved to be a pop cultural phenomenon, shattering box office records with an estimated $235 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for the four-day holiday weekend.
The Marvel Entertainment release, the first global superhero blockbuster with an African American director and a mostly black cast, exceeded expectations and set records for a February opening and for a Presidents Day weekend debut. The previous record holder was "Deadpool," which made $152 million domestically over the four-day holiday in 2016.
"Black Panther" is the fifth highest domestic opening weekend of all time, behind only "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015), "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (2017), "Jurassic World" (2012) and "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012).
Critics and audiences pointed two thumbs straight up. "Black Panther" landed an A-plus audience rating from CinemaScore, and a 97% "fresh" rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes. That makes "Black Panther" — directed and co-written by 31-year-old Ryan Coogler ("Creed") with co-writer Joe Robert Cole and starring Chadwick Boseman — the most well-received superhero film ever, Marvel or otherwise.
"Results like this go beyond anything anyone ever could have hoped for," said Dave Hollis, president of global distribution at Disney. "The momentum that the film has, has left us unable, even, to keep up with projections. It's unbelievable."
"Black Panther" is set in the mythical kingdom of Wakanda, which is rich with the miracle metal vibranium and is the most technologically advanced nation on the planet. The Afrocentric movie touches on ideas of colonialism and the reverberations of slavery.
A prevailing belief among some in Hollywood has been that movies with mostly black casts don't do well at the foreign box office, but Disney reported $169 million in international ticket sales — a figure expected to climb dramatically when "Black Panther" opens in major markets including China, Japan and Russia.
With Hollywood criticized for not putting diverse voices behind the camera or enough people of color in starring roles, the box office numbers for "Black Panther" are telling, Hollis said.
"It's a testament to an extraordinarily made film," Hollis said. "But also, a big part of it too says very clearly that inclusion and representation matter. It's a powerful thing for people to see themselves and know that they're seen in the films we put up in a movie theater. Audiences deserve to see themselves on screen. Not only because it's the right thing to do, but it makes for better, richer storytelling."
An ethnically diverse audience pool gave "Black Panther" five out of five stars on a comScore/Screen Engine PostTrak audience survey. The moviegoers were 37% African American, 35% white, 18% Latino, 5% Asian and 5% other.
Hollis added that more "Black Panther" ticket buyers were in the 18-24 and 25-39 age brackets than is typical for a Marvel superhero movie.
"Black Panther" had Imax's biggest weekend ever, bringing in $35 million globally from 676 screens.
"The film represents taking a movie and turning it into an event, and that's what Marvel, Imax and Ryan Coogler have accomplished with these results in our network," said Greg Foster, chief executive of Imax Entertainment.
"It absolutely opened up the film for a new audience," Foster said. "There were people who don't go to the movies as frequently as we'd like, and this was a movie that was top of mind. People had to be there."
In the No. 2 spot at the box office was Sony's "Peter Rabbit," in its second weekend, with $23.1 million for the holiday weekend.
Universal's racy "Fifty Shades Freed," also in its second week, finished third with about $19.4 million.
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" brought in $10 million, good for fourth place in its ninth weekend and raising its cumulative domestic total to nearly $380 million. That makes it the second-highest-grossing movie ever for Sony, behind only the first "Spider-Man."
Warner Bros.' "The 15:17 to Paris" finished fifth with about $9.1 million.
Even with low expectations, two other films opening over the weekend underperformed. Lionsgate's animated comedy "Early Man," which received a B from CinemaScore and an 81% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, brought in about $4.2 million and finished seventh at the box office. Pure Flix's biblical epic "Samson," which was not scored by CinemaScore and was poorly received by critics, earned about $2.3 million to finish the weekend at No. 11.
Meanwhile, a milestone for "The Greatest Showman": The film, starring Hugh Jackman, finished its ninth week with $6.4 million in ticket sales. That pushed the movie past the $155 million mark, topping "La La Land" and becoming the highest grossing original live-action musical.
"Monster Hunt 2," which earned a modest $400,000 at the domestic box office, had a record-breaking opening in China. The film earned $190 million in its opening weekend there, where the Chinese New Year holiday is being celebrated. The movie set a record for a single-day gross with $97 million on opening day.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading to the White House to play the U.S. President in a feature-length sequel to the cult short film Kung Fury. Arnold has joined the cast of actor/director David Sandberg’s new movie, which will also feature Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff, who had a cameo in the 2015 original. The Kung Fury short followed Sandberg’s titular character, a 1980s police detective in Miami, Florida, who discovers he possesses extraordinary kung fu powers after being struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra. The project, which was partly funded via an online campaign, was designed to pay homage to the martial arts and police action movies of the 1980s, and featured Hasselhoff singing the True Survivor theme tune. Kung Fury 2 is being shopped to distributors at Germany’s Berlin Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday. Production is set to take place in Europe and the U.S. this summer.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have split after two and a half years of marriage — and seven years as a couple. The former couple “say their split was ‘mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,’” according to AP. “Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” says the statement released by Aniston publicist Stephen Huvane. “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.” Sources recently told People that their busy schedules worked for both of them and helped their marriage. “Justin often spends a few days in NYC by himself,” a source previously told People. “When he is in NYC, Jen will catch up with friends and enjoys her own life. When Justin is in L.A., it’s very special for them. They socialize together with friends. They often go out to dinner or have people over.”
America's sweetheart Carrie Underwood and her hot AF hockey player husband Mike Fisher are sadly headed for a divorce. A source told In Touch exclusively that the obstacles these two face behind closed doors are driving them apart. "She and Mike love each other, but like any couple they’ve had challenges. So much so that at times, Carrie has been at the breaking point," the source said.
These problems haven't just started, either. Ever since the pair got together, they have spent a lot of time apart. The source explained, "Just by the very nature of their jobs, Carrie is gone on long concert tours and Mike was away playing for the team a lot." But it's not like the 34-year-old country star wants this to happen. She wishes the couple could find the time to spend together, but even taking quick getaways has been difficult.
"Carrie has wanted more quality time with Mike. They’ve only been on a couple of vacations together in the seven years they’ve been married," the source added. Mike retired from playing professional hockey in 2017, but announced that he would return to the ice last month. He's actively trying to help his old team, the Nashville Predators, make it to the playoffs this season, which is just another added stress on his relationship with Carrie.
The source continued, "She really thought that Mike’s retirement was going to give them the time they needed to work on making their family stronger. His decision put a huge strain on their marriage. If Carrie and Mike continue to grow apart, it will surely end in divorce for them. And that would be heartbreaking."
Carrie and Mike are parents to two-year-old son Isaiah, but she's been hoping to give him a sibling for a while now. With Mike back on the ice, that could crush her dreams for another child. "Carrie’s been desperate to have a little brother or sister for Isaiah. But she’s been struggling to get pregnant. She was hoping Mike would become more involved in the process of possible IVF treatments, if it came to that," the source explained, before adding, "[Mike] isn’t always cognizant of Carrie’s feelings and needs."
In 2015, Carrie opened up about how her marriage actually did change after she gave birth. She even hinted at the fact that it's harder to keep the spark alive once a child is involved. "Your marriage does change a lot when you have a baby — it’s a whole new dynamic," she shared. "You have to make it a point to not lose yourselves as a couple. There’s so much going on it becomes easy to not focus on your marriage anymore."
Carrie's faith is important to her, so ending the marriage would destroy her. But if Mike continues to neglect her, their future together doesn't look bright. The source said, "If Carrie and Mike continue to grow apart, they will have no choice but to divorce."
LOS ANGELES -- A second child actor on the 1980s show "Charles in Charge" has accused Scott Baio of sexual misconduct, CBS Los Angeles reports. Alexander Polinsky, 43, who played Adam Powell on the long-running sitcom detailed the allegations in a news conference Wednesday, alongside celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom and fellow "Charles in Charge" actress Nicole Eggert in California.
"I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15 years old," Polinsky told a gathering of reporters.
At a press conference Wednesday, his spokesman said Baio "is denying each and every one of the allegations."
Brian Glicklich read a brief statement from Baio at a news conference held in response to the latest claim of misconduct.
Last month, Eggert -- who played Jamie Powell on the show -- accused Baio of inappropriately touching her when she was 14 and carrying on an inappropriate sexual relationship with her as a minor.
According to Polinsky, during the first season of the show, he walked in on Eggert sitting on Baio's lap. Polinsky said he "misjudged" the situation, and when he himself tried to jump in Baio's lap, Baio allegedly shoved him off and called him a gay slur.
"I saw their relationship develop on the set in the coming months and years, and it was very distressing to me to see a man I looked up to behaving in this way with someone who is very close to my age," Polinsky said. "Scott Baio began a pattern of abuse that was unrelenting."
Polinsky accused Baio used repeated gay slurs against him and told him inappropriate stories about "his sexual conquests with young girls and the co-stars of the show."
One time, Baio allegedly "pulled down my pants in front of over 100 people," and on another occasion, "exposed his genitals to me," Polinsky added.
But Polinsky emphasized there was "no sexual abuse."
Bloom told reporters that Eggert filed a Los Angeles police report against Baio on Feb. 6. and Polinsky also spoke to police at that time.
"There is a possibility of criminal action," Bloom said.
Both Eggert and Polinsky claimed that Baio's actions were witnessed by others on set, but they wouldn't say anything because he was the star of the show.
Baio's attorney is expected to respond to the allegations Wednesday afternoon during a scheduled news conference.
Nate Moore grew up rifling through 25-cent comic book bins, where he stumbled upon "Black Panther," the first superhero he saw who looked like him. Decades later, it's all coming full circle for the Hollywood power player. His passion for superheroes led him to Marvel Studios, where he served as executive producer on 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and 2016's "Captain America: Civil War." After introducing Black Panther in "Civil War," Moore is breaking ground by bringing one of Marvel's most consequential heroes to the big screen in a lead role.
"Black Panther" marks the first movie with a black title character in the Marvel Studios franchise, and the significance of the moment is not lost on Moore. The producer says he's excited not just to tell Black Panther's story, but also to share share positive messages with the black community.
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On Monday, Moore delivered an hour-long lecture in the Bronx for Ghetto Film School, a nonprofit based in the Bronx and Los Angeles that provides young, local talent with the resources to pursue creative careers, free of charge. Moore answered questions from Ghetto Film School students and alumni and touched on topics ranging from starting a career in the film business to working with Kendrick Lamar, who produced the "Black Panther" soundtrack.
Director Ryan Coogler on the set of "Black Panther" with executive producer Nate Moore. MATT KENNEDY/MARVEL STUDIOS
Moore talked to CBS News about why "Black Panther" is a game-changer.
Q: Why is the Black Panther character important to you?
A: When I was a kid, combing through the 25-cent [comic book] bin, there weren't a lot of people back in the day that looked like me. And there was something about this character that I really responded to, because as an icon, you're drawn to people that look like you. And as I read about the character I found the world of Wakanda really interesting because that notion of this place that was the most technologically advanced nation in the world, but in the center of Africa, seemed revolutionary.
And with Black Panther you think, "Oh, he exists as a peer to the Fantastic Four, which I understand to be one of the coolest things in the world. Well, by proxy, he's pretty cool, too." I was a big Avengers fan and he always had a very specific point of view, so I thought his characterization made him unique beyond even just the iconography of the all-black costume.
As the king of Wakanda, his citizens are asking him to do acts as a superhero and king, and somewhere in the middle he finds himself sacrificing a piece of himself to try and satisfy both. And I found that heroic nobility really compelling.
Q: As a producer, how do you weave politics into crafting a great story that anyone can enjoy?
A: During one of our first conversations with [director] Ryan [Coogler], I said, "Look, we don't have to lean into the politics of anything because the existence of this movie is political." Between Ryan and Joe Robert Cole, who co-wrote the movie, they figured out ways to talk about themes that were just things that we would talk about anyway, but in the context of a giant movie, they feel even more political because they're things that aren't necessarily talked about publicly all the time.
The other leg of that table is that the notion of seeing Africa in a film in a way that isn't highlighting poverty or colonialism or slavery is also political because we don't get representation of Africans in an aspirational way.
Q: What does this film mean for representation in Hollywood, especially for the young filmmakers here today?
A: There's such an underserved population of people just aching for positive images of themselves on screen. In this case, obviously the African-American and African communities seeing representations like T'Challa and Nakia and Okoye and all these great characters in the context of doing good and being heroic is valuable because those images don't exist that much. And so I think and I hope this movie can be a watershed to see other films like this.
But I also think it's not just about African and African-American kids because then you go, "Wait, where's the Asian equivalent to the story? The Latin-American or Brazilian, Argentinian, aboriginal?" We as storytellers in Hollywood need to be better about presenting different representations because it doesn't just feed the souls of the people who see themselves, but it also opens the rest of us up to different cultures in a way that I think is really instructional.
Q: You made a great point about the importance of seeing a character that looks like yourself. Could you elaborate on the importance of representation behind the camera like yours and Ryan [Coogler's]?
A: I think Ryan made it his job to make sure our crew was very inclusive. And that didn't just mean African-American crew members, but also women. A lot of our department heads – key department heads – were female or African-American or both. I think that is very important and helps in storytelling, because sometimes people with different points of view than you pick up on things in the script or on the day that you otherwise wouldn't see just because their point of view is so different. And to have that as a part of your crew is a tool that helps you be a better filmmaker, but it also helps everybody feel like this is something new and is something that we can all get excited about.
Former adult film actress Stephanie Clifford says she is ready to tell her story after the president’s lawyer reportedly breached a nondisclosure agreement preventing her from speaking publicly about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.
The actress, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, said through her manager on Wednesday that attorney Michael Cohen invalidated their agreement when he acknowledged on Tuesday that he’d paid her $130,000 in a “private transaction” just before the 2016 presidential election.
“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” manager Gina Rodriguez told The Associated Press.
The alleged affair between Clifford and Trump made headlines in January when In Touch Weekly revealed excerpts of a previously unpublished 2011 interview with the actress.
The interview appeared to validate a Wall Street Journal report that Trump’s lawyer arranged a $130,000 payment to Clifford in October 2016 to buy her silence about the relationship. Trump’s legal team and Clifford initially denied both the affair and the payment.
But on Tuesday, Cohen acknowledged to The New York Times that he’d paid Clifford $130,000 out of his own pocket ? although he would not address why he made the payment or whether Trump was aware at the time.
“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen told the Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
Another article published Tuesday at The Daily Beast reported that Cohen is shopping a book proposal about Trump that would discuss Clifford’s story.
In the wake of these reports, Rodriguez said her client is now free to speak publicly about her alleged relationship with Trump and will soon announce how and when she will do so.
Rodriguez, Clifford and the White House press office did not respond to requests for comment.
In 2011, In Touch said, Clifford told the tabloid she’d had sex with Trump in his Lake Tahoe hotel suite in the summer of 2006, the year after Trump had married his third wife, Melania Knauss, and just months after she gave birth to their son, Barron.
Clifford described the sex as “textbook generic,” according to the magazine, and added, “I actually don’t even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me.’”
An attorney for Clifford released a statement on her behalf in January denying that the affair happened. But the actress has evaded direct, public questions about whether she had a sexual relationship with Trump.
Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner will star in Netflix's upcoming Bonnie and Clyde drama “Highwaymen.” Netflix confirmed the casting Monday. The film will follow real-life Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and ex-partner Maney Gault. The partners were called out of retirement to hunt down the infamous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens John Carroll Lynch, Thomas Mann and William Sadler will also star in the film.
Jerry Seinfeld didn't rule out a possible reboot of his classic '90s sitcom Seinfeld during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He recalled various hit shows making their ways back to airwaves with the talk show host, as it was recently reported the comedian is being sued for his latest venture - Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. After recalling a few hit sitcoms coming back to television, Ellen asked if Jerry had any interest in rebooting Seinfeld. “It's possible,” he said.
A federal court judge in California on Tuesday dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit over the lyrics of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," but the judge is giving the plaintiffs one last shot at reviving their suit.
The case was brought by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who composed 3LW's 2001 track "Playas Gon' Play." In their suit, filed last September, the writers allege that Swift lifted their lyric, "Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate,” for the chorus of "Shake It Off."
But in ruling for Swift, the judge found that the phrase was too commonplace at the time to be a copy-protected original creative part of the song.
"In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here," the judge wrote. He continued, "...Players, haters, and player haters had received substantial pop culture attention prior to 2001."
Simply combining the two -- players gonna play, haters gonna hate -- the judge ruled, did not make the combined phrase sufficiently original.
"In sum, the lyrics at issue -- the only thing that Plaintiffs allege Defendants copied -- are too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative to warrant protection under the Copyright Act."
However, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald did give Hall and Bulter an opportunity to amend their complaint by February 26, though, the judge wrote that the "Court is extremely skeptical" that the plaintiffs will be able to come up with a case that will hold up to legal scrutiny.
A source tells ET that the "Shape of You" singer has been asked to perform a few songs at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding in May. ET has reached out to Sheeran's rep regarding the request.
If Sheeran accepts, Meghan and Harry will have landed the "Perfect" song for a first dance, especially if the 26-year-old singer can get Beyonce to join him for a royal wedding rendition of their romantic duet.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding: New Details on the Big Day!
ET's royal correspondent, Victoria Arbiter, thinks Sheeran would be a great fit for the job.
"Ed Sheeran has yet to confirm but I'm not sure you turn down Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," she notes. "People love his romantic love songs so he's an ideal candidate for that first dance and I think Harry has always enjoyed Ed Sheeran."
If he does play, Arbiter believes, it will be during the evening reception.
"This is where everyone's really going to get down, this is for close friends and family," she says. "It's going to be hosted by Prince Charles and so I think if Ed Sheeran is going to be performing at any of them, it's going to be [the evening reception].
Sheeran has teased the idea of performing at the royal wedding before. In December, Sheeran spoke to ET's Keltie Knight at KIIS-FM’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One at the Forum in Inglewood, California, where he said he'd play the ceremony "if I was free."
"I get asked this all the time like I know the royal family. I've met Harry once!" he confessed. "[And] that was in 2011 at his grans' Jubilee, and it was like, 'Hey.' 'Hey'... I barely know him!"
Well... you may be getting to know him a little better now, Ed!
WASHINGTON -- There is a theme to presidential portraits. They're mostly old, formal -- white. That changed Monday with the unveiling of portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Like the Obama presidency, the nontraditional paintings represent a break from the past.
"I'm also thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls and girls of color. Who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall," Mrs. Obama said at the ceremony.
Artist Sherald and former first lady Michelle Obama participate in unveiling of Mrs. Obama's portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington
Artist Amy Sherald depicts a fashion-forward first lady, one who is calm and composed.
"Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing, with grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness, of the woman that I love," Mr. Obama said.
Dorothy Moss is a curator at the National Portrait Gallery.
"They very much want to ensure that future generations can relate to these portraits," she said.
For Mr. Obama, Kehinde Wiley portrayed an accessible, focused president with references to his life in the background. Africa blue lilies are a reference to Mr. Obama's father's native Kenya. Jasmine represents Hawaii, and chrysanthemums are the official flower of Chicago.
"I tried to negotiate less gray hair," Mr. Obama joked at Monday's unveiling.
Wiley is internationally acclaimed for his large-scale paintings of African Americans in poses evoking famous historical figures. Mr. Obama didn't want that.
"I had to explain that I've got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon," he said.
The two unique paintings of two groundbreaking Americans will be displayed beginning Tuesday.
The official portraits for former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and people have so much to say about them.
Michelle Obama’s portrait, painted by Amy Sherald, depicts the former first lady in a white dress with geometric patterns, set in front of a pale blue background:
Former first lady Michelle Obama's portrait that will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery.
Barack Obama’s portrait, painted by Kehinde Wiley, showed the president wearing a suit (but no tie) and seated in a chair with a backdrop of leaves and flowers:
The portrait of former President Barack Obama that will be on display in the gallery.
The paintings, both done by black artists, sparked many reactions on social media:
Some people made pretty hilarious jokes:
Many celebrities shared their thoughts too. Actor and comedian Chris Rock called Barack Obama the “real Black Panther,” while musician Common called the former first couple’s portrait “beautiful.”
Director Ava DuVernay said the portraits reminded her to hope. Model Chrissy Teigen simply asked that Barack “come back” and pleaded for Michelle to “help us.”
NEW YORK -- New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a release Sunday that the company "repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination."
"Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched," Schneiderman said in a news release. "Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear."
Schneiderman launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades. The company later fired Weinstein.
The Weinstein Company responded with a statement saying, "We are disappointed that the New York Attorney General felt it necessary to file today's complaint. Many of the allegations relating to the Board are inaccurate and the Board looks forward to bringing the facts to light as part of its ongoing commitment to resolve this difficult situation in the most appropriate way. With respect to the Company's ongoing sale process, the Board sought a transaction to preserve jobs and create a victim fund. Any suggestion that the Company or its Board somehow impeded or discouraged the buyer's access to the New York Attorney General is simply untrue. Indeed, the Company and its Board actively encouraged the buyer to communicate with the Attorney General. The Company looks forward to continuing our discussions with the Attorney General in order to reach our common goal of bringing this situation to an appropriate resolution."
The attorney general's office said it brought the lawsuit Sunday partly due to reports of the company's imminent sale, saying it believed it would leave victims without adequate redress.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting a proposed sale of the Weinstein Co. fell apart Sunday after the suit was filed. According to the newspaper, "A group led by businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet was close to a deal to buy Weinstein Co. for about $500 million, including the assumption of debt, when the attorney general filed the suit Sunday, said a person close to the transaction. Though the attorney general didn't seek a restraining order halting the sale, the lawsuit introduced too much uncertainty for the deal to go ahead, people close to the talks said."
Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, claims the investigation will show that many of the allegations against his client are "without merit."
"While Mr. Weinstein's behavior was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality, and at the end of the inquiry it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination at either Miramax or [The Weinstein Company]," Brafman said in a statement.
He added, "If the purpose of the inquiry is to encourage reform throughout the film industry, Mr. Weinstein will embrace the investigation. If the purpose however is to scapegoat Mr. Weinstein, he will vigorously defend himself."
Scores of women, including well-known actresses, have come forward with stories of forced sexual encounters. Weinstein was fired by the film company he founded with his brother Robert and expelled from Hollywood's movie academy.
"To work for Harvey Weinstein was to work under a persistent barrage of gender-based obscenities, vulgar name-calling, sexualized interactions, threats of violence, and a workplace general hostile to women," according to court papers.
Schneiderman's investigation found that employees were subjected to various verbal threats from Weinstein such as "I will kill you, I will kill your family, and "you don't know what I can do."
In one case, the probe found that "in a fit of rage against one female employee, he yelled that she should leave the company and make babies since that was all she was good for."
Female executives were forced to facilitate Weinstein's sexual conquests with promises of employment opportunities to women who met his favor, according to the lawsuit, which also accused the company of being "responsible for the unlawful conduct" by failing to stop the abuse.
The company and co-owner Robert "are liable because they were aware of and acquiesced in repeated and persistent unlawful conduct by failing to investigate or stop it," court papers said.
Representatives for Weinstein have previously denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.
The NBC commentator who was skewered by viewers for insensitive remarks he made during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been relieved of his duties, the broadcaster announced on Monday.
“Joshua Cooper Ramo has completed his responsibilities for NBC in Pyeongchang, and will have no further role on our air,” an NBC spokesman told Reuters.
Ramo, a former journalist who served as an on-air analyst for NBC, infuriated Koreans on Friday when he flippantly commented on the history between Japan and South Korea during the opening ceremony. Spotting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Ramo mused that “every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technological and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation.”
Though Ramo acknowledged that Japan “occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945,” Koreans and others blasted the commentator for glossing over this brutal history, which included the sexual slavery of tens of thousands of Korean women during World War II. To this day, the former occupation continues to strain the relationship between the two nations.
Facing intense backlash, including displeasure from the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee and a petition signed by thousands who called Ramo’s comments “deeply hurtful and outrageous,” NBC publicly apologized on Sunday for his remark.
“We apologized quickly both in writing and on television for a remark made by one of our presenters during Friday night’s opening ceremony,” a spokesman said. “We’re very gratified that Pyeongchang’s organizing committee has accepted that apology.”
The family of a Hollywood executive who took her own life says she was "collateral damage" in the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Fifty-year-old Jill Messick died Wednesday. An email from Weinstein's attorney appears to show Messick supported Weinstein's claim that he did not rape actress Rose McGowan.
In a statement to CBS News, Messick's family says she suffered from bipolar disorder and the harsh media spotlight was "devastating." They say the email did not tell the whole story because Messick was one of the first people to defend McGowan some 20 years ago, reports CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers.
McGowan has been outspoken in not only accusing Weinstein of raping her in 1997, but also blaming his supposed "enablers."
Messick was McGowan's manager at the time. She did not respond to McGowan, but after her death Thursday her family put out a statement disputing some of the actress's claims.
According to the family, McGowan did tell Messick about an alleged sexual encounter with Weinstein immediately after it happened in 1997 but never said she was raped. They say Messick relayed the story to her bosses who promised to handle it.
"The family claims that Jill Messick actually raised a lot of these concerns about Rose McGowan and the treatment that she received by Harvey Weinstein to superiors," said Matthew Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter.
In response to McGowan's claims of rape, Weinstein's attorney recently released an email from Messick to the former studio chief explaining what she says McGowan told her: "(McGowan) had gotten into a hot tub with Mr. Weinstein.... Something that she did consensually and that in hindsight.... was also something....she regretted..." Messick's family says the email's release caused her reputation to be "sullied despite having done nothing wrong." Messick, who suffered from depression, took her own life Thursday.
"According to her family, being in the headlines really impacted Jill Messick," Belloni said. "She was someone who had been attacked for her role in this saga that she never chose to engage in."
A lawyer for Weinstein has called McGowan's claims of rape "a bold lie." "CBS This Morning" reached out to Rose McGowan for comment, but she has not responded to our request.
We only have a single request for this new Amy Schumer movie: Please, for the love of Goldie, be better than “Snatched.”
The comedian premiered the trailer for her upcoming comedy “I Feel Pretty” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday morning (she also dressed up as a baby, but that’s another story) and it feels tailor-made for her brand of humor.
Directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, the film sees Schumer playing a woman who takes a fall during a Soul Cycle class only to wake up convinced that she is the most beautiful woman in the world.
“I look exactly the same but in my mind I am Gisele; I am one of the Jenner-Kardashians,” Schumer told DeGeneres about the twist.
This newfound confidence propels her to live her life without insecurities, which opens her up to personal and professional opportunities. At one point in the trailer, she actually looks Naomi Campbell in face and tells her, “Modeling is an option for me. It’s not who I am.”
“It’s a really funny and sweet movie that I think will make us all feel better. It made me feel better to play the role,” Schumer explained.
Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Tom Hopper and Lauren Hutton also star in the project.